Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡芳年)

Print: A Picture of Masakiyo Conquering Korea - (Masakiyo sankan taiji [no] zu - 正清三韓退治圖)

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Dates: 1864,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signed: Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga
Artist's seal: kiri
Publisher: Yamaguchiya Tōbei
(Marks 591 - seal not listed)
Combined censor and date seal: aratame and 3/1864

Related links: Tokyo Keizai University Library;

Physical description:

"On the surface this triptych illustrates the invasion of Korea by Katō Kiyomasa (1562-1611), a retainer of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Here he is listed under the more usual name of Masakiyo... In actual fact it could be a veiled reference to incidents of 1863 when the English bombed Kagoshima harbour in revenge for the murder of the English merchant Charles Lennox Richardson (1834-62) in September 1862. The Japanese were beaten resoundingly by the English, but in Yoshitoshi's work the Satsuma clansmen emerge as victorious heroes, following a surprise attack on the Koreans."

Quoted from: Yoshitoshi: Masterpieces from the Ed Fries Collection, p. 67 - accompanied by a full-color illustration.


Illustrated in color in The World of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (Tsukioka Yoshitoshi no Sekai - 月岡芳年の世界) by Susugu Yoshida, 2010, pp. 42-43, #28.